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Early runs enough for UTSA over UIW

Vivian Tijerina swings again
Vivian Tijerina swings again
courtesy UTSA Athletics

UTSA took an early lead and never looked back as they managed a 4-3 win over Incarnate Word Softball at Roadrunner Field on Wednesday.

The scoring got started in the top of the first as a throwing error saw Alex Zepeda reach third, before a wild pitch gave Zepeda time to make the run for the plate.

The Roadrunners responded straight away in the bottom of the frame as Darian Blake managed a lead-off single, before Vivian Tijerina’s home run gave UTSA a 2-1 lead after one.

UTSA very quickly pushed the lead out with another two runs in the second, as Courtney Buchman was able to manage a single, with two-outs to right which allowed Angelica Nino and Taylor Orberg to run in over the plate.

Both sides defense looked to regroup after the big start to the game, holding the next three innings scoreless as the bats could not keep going.

In the top of the fifth UIW got back on the score board as one hit brought two runners home but it could have been worse as the Cardinals loaded the bases but Kacy Freeze came on in relief and got out of the jam.

After Freeze got out of that jam the Roadrunners threw the ball to freshman Nicole Merrill to wrp up the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win.

Merrill was able to get through the final two innings, as she didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings to see UTSA through the game and earn herself the ninth win of the season.

The win wraps up UTSA’s non-conference play for 2014, pending any post-season play, and gives the Roadrunners momentum heading in to a big CUSA series against UAB which will commence with a double header on Saturday at Roadrunner Field.

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